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Proverbs 5 ESV

Warning Against Adultery

1 1My son, be attentive to my wisdom; 2incline your ear to my understanding,

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2 that you may keep 3discretion, and your lips may 4guard knowledge.

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3 For the lips of 5a forbiddena woman drip honey, and her speechb is 6smoother than oil,

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    • o 5:3 - Hebrew strange; also verse 20
    • p 5:3 - Hebrew palate
      4 but in the end she is 7bitter as 8wormwood, 9sharp as 10a two-edged sword.

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      5 Her feet 11go down to death; her steps follow the path toc Sheol;

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        • q 5:5 - Hebrew lay hold of
          6 she 12does not ponder the path of life; her ways wander, and she does not know it.

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              7 And 13now, O sons, listen to me, and do not depart from the words of my mouth.

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              8 Keep your way far from her, and do not go near the door of her house,
              9 lest you give your honor to others and your years to the merciless,
              10 lest strangers take their fill of your strength, and your 14labors go to the house of a foreigner,

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              11 and at the end of your life you 15groan, when your flesh and body are consumed,

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              12 and you say, 16"How I hated discipline, and my heart 17despised reproof!

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              13 I did not listen to the voice of my teachers or incline my ear to my instructors.
              14 18I am at the brink of utter ruin in the assembled congregation."

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              15 Drink 19water from your own cistern, flowing water from your own well.

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              16 Should your 20springs be scattered abroad, streams of water 21in the streets?

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              17 22Let them be for yourself alone, and not for strangers with you.

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              18 Let your 23fountain be blessed, and 24rejoice in 25the wife of your youth,

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                  19 a lovely 26deer, a graceful doe. Let her breasts 27fill you at all times with delight; be intoxicatedd always in her love.

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                    • r 5:19 - Hebrew be led astray; also verse 20
                      20 Why should you be intoxicated, my son, with 28a forbidden woman and embrace the bosom of 29an adulteress?e

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                        • s 5:20 - Hebrew a foreign woman
                          21 For 30a man's ways are 31before the eyes of the LORD, and he 32pondersf all his paths.

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                            • t 5:21 - Or makes level
                              22 The 33iniquities of the wicked 34ensnare him, and he is held fast in the cords of his sin.

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                              23 35He dies for lack of discipline, and because of his great folly he is 36led astray.

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                              Study tools for Proverbs 5

                              • a 5:3 - Hebrew strange; also verse 20
                              • b 5:3 - Hebrew palate
                              • c 5:5 - Hebrew lay hold of
                              • d 5:19 - Hebrew be led astray; also verse 20
                              • e 5:20 - Hebrew a foreign woman
                              • f 5:21 - Or makes level